India women's cricket team opener Smriti Mandhana set a world record on Tuesday as she became the first ever cricketer to hit 10 consective fifty-plus scores in ODI. Smriti on Tuesday pushed India to a striking nine-wicket win against South Africa Women at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium with a power-packed 80-run unbeaten knock off 64 deliveries laced with 10 boundaries and three sixes.
While, Mandhana has clinched 50+ runs in every Women's ODI chases starting from 2018 where the astounding batswoman smashed 67 runs off 53 deliveries against Australia Woman in Vadodara.
Post the match, Smriti hovered above 50 by scoring 52, 86, 53*, 73*, 105, 90*, 63, 74 and 80* and with this, the cricketer added a feather to her cap to register the iconic record to her name.
On the other hand today, Jhulan Goswami lead a clinical bowling display by claiming four for 42 as the tourists were bundled out for 157 in 41 overs. It was a good response by the Indians, especially after they were on the other end of a heavy defeat by the South Africans in match one on Sunday.
The visitors won the toss and batted at the start, with Lizelle Lee (4) and Laura Wolvaardt (9) -the stars in the previous game - out cheaply to Jhulan and Mansi Joshi (2/23) respectively.
Lara Goodall (49) and captain Sune Luus (36) then rebuilt nicely with a 60-run third-wicket partnership that took South Africa up to 80 for two in the 21st over.
But things went all wrong from there as Jhulan and Rajeshwari Gayakwad (3/37) cut through the middle order and tail, the visitors dismissed with nine overs remaining.
Shabnim Ismail (1/46) did manage to land an early blow when she bowled Jemimah Rodrigues (9), but an unbroken 138-run second-wicket partnership charged India to victory.
The result ended a seven-match winning streak for the Proteas. Match three of the series takes place on Friday.
(With agency inputs)